So far, the high school football season hasn’t gone the way Boyd County and Lawrence County had hoped.

Both teams need a victory Friday night in Cannonsburg to take a step toward qualifying for the Class 3A playoffs.

“I’m sure both of us want to get on the winning side for a change,’’ said Boyd County coach Lee Evans. “I know our kids are hungry to get a win.’’

Boyd County (2-5) will be looking to end a four-game slide while Lawrence County has only one victory in six games this season.

More important is the district picture. Boyd County (0-2) is the only team in the district with two losses heading into the eighth week of the regular season. Lawrence County and Greenup County are just ahead at 0-1.

“This is a must win,’’ Evans said. “We’ve got to win this one. I’m sure they are preaching the same thing.’’

Maybe so, but Lawrence County coach Billy Goldsmith declined to be interviewed Wednesday.

It’s been a rough season for the Bulldogs, who have been outscored 203-78 while running a gauntlet of ranked teams. In addition to third-ranked Class 3A Johnson Central, Lawrence County fell to three 2A teams — Belfry, Breathitt County and Sheldon Clark — ranked in the top 11 this week. The Bulldogs’ other defeat came in Ohio against Coal Grove (4-2).

“Their schedule has been very similar to ours,’’ Evans said.

Boyd County also lost to Johnson Central and Sheldon Clark. The Lions’ other setbacks came against defending 2A state champion Russell, perennially tough Wheelersburg, Ohio, and most recently Mason County.

Evans, however, came away encouraged from a 19-14 home loss to the Royals.

“We’re improving, no question,’’ he said. “Last week was our best game. We had an opportunity to win in the fourth quarter, which is what we’ve been preaching all year.’’

Boyd County took a 14-13 lead in the final period on quarterback Zac Wilson’s 3-yard run and Joey White’s two-point conversion carry, but Mason County answered with a quick, 80-yard march to snatch the victory.

“We moved the ball last week but continued to turn it over,’’ said Evans, pointing to his team’s three turnovers. “We’re not going to beat good people when we do that, and we don’t have any bad people left.’’

The Lions could get Robert Green back in the lineup Friday for the first time since his injury in the second game. Green, a two-way starter on the line, returned to practice Tuesday.

Lawrence County figures to be well-prepared for the trip to Boyd County. The Bulldogs had last Friday off and are on fall break this week.

Cody Roberts leads the team in rushing with 516 yards on 77 carries and six touchdowns. Morgan Roberts, who averages 4.9 yards per carry is another proven threat.

“Morgan scored on a long run against us last year when we thought we had him bottled up,’’ Evans said of Lawrence County’s 29-27 win.

Sophomore Mark Fitzpatrick is the starting quarterback after an injury to freshman Boone Goldsmith. Fitzpatrick directed the Bulldogs in a 35-0 loss to Breathitt County on Sept. 22.

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